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The Mac Mahons of Co Clare by Michael Mac Mahon



1 Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of ancient Irish History, (Dublin, 1861), p. 211.

2 Ó Dufaigh, Seosamh, ‘Cíos Mhic Mhathghamhna’, Clogher Record, vol. 4, no. 3 (1962), pp. 125-134. See also MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland, (Dublin, 1973), p. 205.

3 O’Curry, Lectures… p. 211.

4 Westropp, Thomas, ‘Killaloe: Its ancient palaces and Cathedrals’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, vol. xxii, part iv (1892).

5 ‘The Irish can relate to Basque cousins.’ Report of a study by scientists at University of London, Oxford University and the University of California, The Star, 3 April 2001.

6 Gwynn, Rev. Aubrey and Gleeson, Dermot, A History of the Diocese of Killaloe, (Dublin, 1962), p. 200.

7 O’Donovan (ed.) Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland [‘The Four Masters’], sub anno 1488 (hereafter O’Donovan, Four Masters).

8 A full translation of the original deed (NLI, G. 983 [I]) by Gearóid Mac Niocaill appears in ‘Documents from the Inchiquin Archive’ in Analecta Hibernica (1970), no. 26, pp. 48-51.

9 O’Donovan, Four Masters.

10 O’Brien, Ivar, O’Brien of Thomond (Sussex, 1986), p.182.

11 O’Donovan, Four Masters.

12 Frost, James, History and Topography of the County of Clare, (Reprint 1973, London), pp. 79-80.

13 Breen, Martin and Ua Cróinín, Ristéard, ‘Some towerhouses of East Corca Bhaiscinn and the Shannon Estuary’, The Other Clare, vol. 36 (2012), p. 7.

14 Westropp, Thomas, ‘The churches of Co. Clare and the origins of the Ecclesiastical Divisions of the County’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. vi, no1 (1900), p. 117.

15 Westropp, Churches…p. 165 and notice posted in St. Mary’s burial ground.

16 Westropp, Churches, p. 117.

17 Genealogical Office Mss 153, p. 527-30.

18 Frost, History of Clare, p. 312.

19 For an expanded account of Máire Rua see Máire Mac Neill, Máire Rua Lady of Leamaneh (Ballinakella Press, 1990).

20 Prendergast, John P., The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland (London, 1870), p. 149.

21 Frost, History of Clare, p. 377.

22 Prendergast, Cromwellian Settlement, p. 149.

23 His youngest son, Charles Ingoldsby, held an estate at Clonderalaw in 1704 - Lodge, Peerage of Ireland, vol. iv, (Dublin, 1789), p. 167.

24 National Library of Ireland, Inchiquin Mss 45, 673/3; ‘Book of Survey and Distribution’, Clare (Clenagh) in Frost, History of Clare, p. 413.

25 NLI, Inchiquin Mss 45,673/3.

26 British Library, Twigge Mss, vol. viii, p.81.

27 British Library, Twigge Mss, vol. viii, p.81. See also Frost, History of Clare, p. 75.

28 British Library, Twigge Mss, vol. viii, p. 81. See also White (Rev) P., History of Clare (Reprint Cork, 1973) p.157.

29 Hurrell, Nancy, ‘The Brian Boru Harp’, History Ireland, vol. 2, no. 22, (Dublin, 2014).

30 British Library, Twigge Mss, vol. viii, p.81.

31 Landed estates database (McMahon, Clenagh), Moore Institute for research in the Humanities and Local Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway.

32 O’Connell, Morgan John (Mrs), Charles Bianconi: a biography 1786-1875 by his daughter, (London, 1878).

33 O’Connell, (Mrs) Morgan John, ‘The last of the Shanachies’, The Irish Monthly, vol. 14, No.1. January 1886 (Irish Jesuit Province), p. 27.

34 Wall, Thomas,‘Teige Mac Mahon and Peter O’Connell Seanachai and Scholar in Co. Clare’, Béaloideas, vol. 30 (1962), pp.89-104.

35 Ó hÓgáin, Seán, Conntae An Chláir: A Triocha agus a Tuatha (Baile Átha Cliath, 1938), p. 129.

36 O’Looney, Brian (ed.), A collection of poems written at different times by the Clare bards, in honour of the MacDonnells of Kilkee and Killone in the County of Clare (Dublin, 1863), pp. 55-67.

37 O’Rahilly, Thomas F., ‘Notes on the Poets of Clare’, An Chlaidheamh Soluis, July 1917. See also Ó Rocháin, Muiris, ‘The Hidden Ireland of West Clare’ Dal gCais, no 1 (1975), p. 37.

38 O’Curry papers in Maynooth University, C113 (f). A note at the end reads ‘Communicated and literally translated by Eugene O’Curry; versified in English by George Petrie LLD.’

39 A Survey of Irish Literature (London, 1967), p.145.

40 O’Connell, (Mrs) Morgan John, The last colonel of the Irish Brigade, 2 vols, (London, 1892), i, pp. 212-13.

41 John J. Silke, ‘The Irish Abroad’, in Moody, Martin and Byrne (eds.) A New history of Ireland, vol. 3 (Oxford, 2009), p. 608.

42 Hennessy, Maurice N. The Wild Geese (London, 1973), p. 39.

43 Murphy, Ignatius, The Dioceses of Killaloe in the eighteenth century, (Dublin, 1991), p. 112.

44 Mac Mahon, Denis, ‘The French Mac Mahons’, The Old Limerick Journal (1989), pp. 105-112.

45 Murphy, Ignatius, The Diocese of Killaloe 1800-1850, (Dublin, 1992), p. 410.

46 Murphy, Killaloe in the eighteenth century, p. 52.

47 Hayes, Richard, Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France, (Dublin, 1949), p. 186.

48 His full title was ‘Lord of Feenish, Inish, Arovan, Ilan McGrath, of the Island Finus, of the town of Reneagh and Marquis d’Eguilly’.

49 Hayes, Biographical Dictionary, p. 186.

50 Holohan Renegh and Williams, Jeremy, The Irish Chateaux: in search of the descendants of the Wild Geese (Dublin, 1989), p. 120.